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Asuka II, a cruise ship owned and operated by NYK Cruises Co. Ltd. (head office: Yokohama; president: Hiroshi Hattori), has been recognized as the 2016 Cruise Ship of the Year, marking the 25th straight year that Asuka II or its predecessor Asuka has been selected for this honor.

The readers of the Japanese magazine Cruise vote annually for their favorite ship and share their reasons, and this year Asuka II was selected as both the best Japanese-flagged ship and best overall ship. In fact, the Asuka cruise brand has been honored as Cruise Ship of the Year every year since the recognition was first presented in 1992.

One voter commented, ???Even though I had plenty of time on the ship, there is still more I want to see.??? Another said, ???The interior was gorgeous, and the services provided by the crew were excellent.??? Many others emphasized the luxurious ship???s superb hospitality and reliability.

Last year, NYK marked the 25th year of service by the Asuka cruise brand. The NYK Group remains committed to offering creative cruise experiences that best meet the passions of its customers.

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